On the east side of the Jordan, before the conquest, a challenge suddenly presents itself. Two tribes have decided that they do not want to proceed. They are happy where they currently sit and the land to the east is perfectly suited to their circumstances. And so they come to Moses with a request. Let us stop here and now. We don’t want to take the land. There is contained in their request a hint of something deeper. A motivation that we can all identify with, and one that we can all learn from.